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Why Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush’s partnership ended

The Elimination Chamber pay-per-view saw the end of the partnership between Lio Rush and Bobby Lashley. Lashley’s return to WWE as a face was largely uninspiring. His partnership with Rush helped Lashley win the Intercontinental title, which he lost at Elimination Chamber.

After Finn won the IC Title, Bobby Lashley turned on Rush and laid him out. Lashley appeared at Baron Corbin’s side later on in the event, but Lio Rush wasn’t there.

Dave Meltzer explained during Wrestling Observer Radio why WWE made a decision to break Bobby and his hypeman up.

“I think the deal is because obviously because it looked like he turned, but it’s very clear that he didn’t because he did that run-in later with Baron Corbin and Drew McIntyre that those three guys are going to be a heel group.”

The idea is that Lashley has no need for Rush since he will be in a heel stable now. So Rush might just go back to 205 Live.


  • CC

    And come RAW they were back together again.
    So no idea why stories like this are being published the day after RAW.

  • Keith Learmonth

    Wait… Lashley beating up an already hurt, much smaller man, out of nothing but rage about him losing the match was meant to “look like a face turn” for Lashley?

    If anything, it would build sympathy for Rush. How is it meant to even remotely resemble a face action? Meltzer is out of touch, it seems.